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Airbus has started final assembly of the first A320neo in Toulouse, France, and says the airplane is on schedule for its first flight in the fourth quarter of this year and first deliveries by the end of 2015. The new jet comes with new-generation engines and large winglets, which Airbus says will deliver 15 percent in fuel savings and more than two tons of additional payload. More than 50 customers have ordered more than 2,600 airplanes since the launch in 2010, Airbus said. Read More
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A news helicopter used by television station KOMO crashed in downtown Seattle early Tuesday and initial reports said at least two people died. The aircraft may have been attempting to land on the rooftop helipad of KOMO's building on Broad Street, a main downtown street, when it apparently hit the side of the building and fell in flames to the street below. Read More
With still no trace of the 777 more than 10 days after it took off, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has now been missing longer than any other commercial airplane in the modern era. Questions have arisen about the cost of deploying the search indefinitely across huge stretches of the Indian Ocean, and U.S. officials said a Navy ship that has been searching near the Strait of Malacca will soon be redeployed to other duties. Read More
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Officials at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., are hoping a crowdsourced funding effort through Indiegogo will raise $70,000 to provide a proper home for a specialized relic of the Space Shuttle era. The museum has already acquired the Gulfstream II shuttle training aircraft but it's on the ramp at Birmingham Shuttlesworth Airport rather than at the Huntsville Shuttle Park where people can appreciate its unique role in the shuttle program. Read More
The Endeavor Awards will launch for the first time in May, with a black-tie event held at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, to honor and support those who provide free aviation services to meet humanitarian needs. Angel Flight West has organized the gala and they plan to make it an annual fundraising event. The dinner and ceremonies will take place at the Endeavour space shuttle exhibit. Read More
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As if pilots didn't have enough hazards to think about -- bird strikes, other airplanes, and random laser pointers, to name a few -- now some pilots have complained that a sprawling new solar-energy plant in California, near the Nevada border, is blindingly bright. "From the pilot's seat of my aircraft the brightness was like looking into the sun," one pilot wrote in a report filed with the Aviation Safety Reporting System. The site uses mirrors spread over five square miles of desert to focus sunlight on water towers that then produce steam to generate power. Read More
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The 8th annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium is coming up April 25 and 26 in Santa Rosa, California, bringing together a roster of experts and experimenters to share technology and ideas for the next generation of personal flying. Dr. Brien Seeley, president of the CAFE Foundation and organizer of the event, spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady about some of the highlights on this year's agenda. Read More
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The Aircraft Electronics Association opened in 57th annual convention in Nashville this week with good news: Avionics sales for 2013 were up 6.9% in 2013 over the previous year. In this video interview, AEA's Paula Derks says about 23 new products will be introduced in Nashville. Read More
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At AEA in Nashville, Aspen introduced its new VFR EFIS, an entry-level, affordable glass suite for owners who don't need full IFR capability. AVweb takes a video tour of the new product. Read More
At the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Nashville, BendixKing tossed its hat into the airborne connectivity ring with a new internet access product called the AeroWave. In this video, Avweb gets a look at the new box. Read More
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With the ADS-B mandate looming five years ahead, we're seeing more products that address this requirement, including this one shown at AEA in Nashville. FreeFlight's wireless Rangr all-in-one box provides ADS-B In and Out and has a wireless adapter to put the weather and other data on a tablet. Price is $5,495. Read More
In glass cockpits and even in those where the pilots suffer through the tragedy of flying behind steam gauges, a back-up gryo is a good idea. Increasingly, these are solid-state gyros with their own self-contained ADAHRS and batteries. At AEA in Nashville, AVweb shot this brief product tour of the Sandia Aerospace SAI gyro. Retail price is $3,595. Read More